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Superintendent's Report 5/14/21

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COVID News 5-14-21

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Staff and Families, 

We have seen a dramatic reduction in positive cases and quarantined students in our district and our operations are strong. This week brought several announcements that impact our schools, including the approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 and up. Parents who are interested in getting a vaccine for themselves or for their children can reserve a spot online.  

We are also evaluating what the recently revised mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) means for schools. We understand that MDHHS is currently updating specific guidance and procedures for schools as it pertains to mask requirements. Board of Education President Kelli Horst and I have been in regular contact with county and state epidemiologists to better understand the rapidly changing information we are hearing. 

At this time, our school district has not received revised local guidance for masking or quarantine protocols. Until we get clarification on this, we will continue to enforce our current mitigation measures as recommended to us by the Oakland County Health Division.

Should you have specific questions or feedback related to the Oakland County Health Division recommendations our district follows, please contact the Oakland County Nurse on Call at 1-800-848-5533 or

I appreciate your continued support as we enter the final weeks of the school year. 


Dr. Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools 

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have a virtual academy, an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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